COLUMBIA, S.C. (SCRN/WVOC) - Today may only be the second day of autumn, but state health officials are urging you to get flu shots soon because of the nasty strain of the disease that hit South Carolina earlier than normal last year.
State Epidemiologist Dr. Linda Bell says 46 people died in the Palmetto State last year from flu-related causes.
“We began to see cases of flu, I would say, in early October at a more significant level,” Bell says. “So, some people may not have been prepared by getting their flu vaccine as early as possible.”
Bell told the South Carolina Radio Network that young children and the elderly are especially at risk.
“We strongly encourage people to get the flu vaccine as early as possible so that they can be protected prior to the time when the disease starts circulating at high levels in the community. So the vaccine will be available at the end of September in our DHEC health department clinics,” Bell says.
You can go to the Department of Health and Environmental Control website to find a list of county health clinics around the state that offer the flu vaccine.